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Durango man accused of drugging assault victims

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A Durango man suspected of giving marijuana to children in exchange for sexual favors may have laced the pot with another drug to help incapacitate them, according to an arrest affidavit filed in 6th Judicial District Court.

Shelton Oliver Urquidez, 36, is suspected of sexually assaulting at least three teenage boys during a period of several months in Durango, said Lt. Ray Shupe, spokesman with the Durango Police Department.

One of the boys told police he believed the marijuana was laced with some other drug because it had a much stronger effect on him than normal marijuana, according to the arrest report.

The boy said he passed out on the couch and awoke to find Urquidez with no shirt, socks or shoes.

The assault occurred sometime in March, he said. Urquidez later sent naked pictures of himself to the boy’s phone, the arrest report says.

Durango Police Department learned of the assault Nov. 8 from the Colorado Department of Human Services, which ultimately learned about it from a therapist at a drug-rehabilitation center where the teen was receiving treatment.

The teenager told Durango police Investigator Burke Baldwin that he and another boy went to Urquidez’s house in the east 500 block of 29th Street, where Urquidez offered them marijuana.

“We smoked some weed with him, but the weed was laced with something,” the boy told police. “Basically, it was incapacitating. It stupefied (redacted) to a point where I couldn’t even register what was going on. I remember vaguely, very blurry certain things that occurred.”

The boy said he is familiar with what marijuana smells and tastes like, and the pot Urquidez provided “smelled really funny” and “tasted funny.”

“The feeling, it wasn’t like normal weed,” said the boy, who said he smoked marijuana about every day, multiple times a day, for two or three months. He first smoked marijuana at age 11, but had stopped a few weeks before the assault, he said.

“I couldn’t really talk or register what was going on,” he told police. “I was kinda telling him ‘no’ and that I didn’t want to do anything.”

During the conversation, the boy began to cry, and the officer said it was clear he was “very upset.”

His friend also had been “drugged” and was passed out on a couch, he said.

Urquidez is being held in the La Plata County jail on $250,000 bail.

shane@durangoherald.com

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